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LSU McNair Scholar Precious Cantu Awarded NSF Fellowship

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LSU McNair Scholar Precious Cantu, a December graduate in electrical engineering, was recently awarded the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF).

The GRF is one of the most prestigious awards that a graduate student can receive. The GRF includes an annual stipend of $30,000, tuition funding, and discretionary funds for research and travel, and opportunities for international research.

Under the direction of faculty mentor, Martin Feldman PhD, Cantu gained extensive experience as an undergraduate researcher, including an internship with the prestigious NanoJapan Institute for Materials Research at Tohoku University in Sendai Japan. She also presented her research at a number of conferences, including the International Conference on Electron, Ion, and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication.

Cantu explained her reaction to the announcement, “I felt like I won the lottery. It really was a boost of confidence.” When asked about the application process Cantu stated, “It was a lot of work. The workshops and one-on-one help from the McNair Program were so important in preparing me to complete the application.” Cantu is currently a PhD student at the University of Utah.

- Original article posted on LSU website.